Time For Senate Five To Stop Being Obstructionist

IMG_1848Politikal Pinoy understands the need for the so-called opposition to remain relevant, at least in the eyes of their followers.  But when it comes to the nation’s peace and security, Senators Franklin Drilon, Antonio Trillanes, Kiko Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros and Bam Aquino should stop being obstructionist, because that’s what they’re trying to be.

Why waste any more taxpayer money convening a joint session of Congress to review President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao when the majority of the Filipino people have already spoken? Yes, including the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday night approved a resolution expressing its “full support” for President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
Resolution 1050 was adopted via viva voce vote at the plenary session, mere hours after it got the nod of the House, functioning as the Committee of the Whole. It states that the House “finds no reason to revoke” the President’s proclamation, which placed the whole of Mindanao under martial law for 60 days and suspended the writ of habeas corpus.

Earlier, 15 out of 24 Senators found the declaration, through Senate Resolution 388, to be ‘satisfactory, constitutional, and in accordance with the law…and finds no compelling reason to revoke the same.’

While the government battles the terrorists, the Senate Five should choose their own battles.  Because putting up a fight against the popular will won’t get them anywhere.

It’s time that they prove to the nation that like the rest of the country, they, too, are on the side of peace and freedom for the Filipino people.

“Sa manlulupig, di ka pasisiil.”

 

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